2:56 pm - 11/06/2019
Yang Hyun Suk Booked Regarding Suspicions Of Covering Up B.I’s Drug Incident + Gambling Case Update
The Gyeonggi Southern Provincial Police Agency revealed that Yang Hyun Suk has been officially booked on charges of threatening, instigating the harboring of a suspect, and for occupational breach of trust.
Yang Hyun Suk was summoned for police questioning on the morning of November 6 but did not attend, and he expressed his intent to reschedule the questioning.
The allegations that Yang Hyun Suk threatened “A” to change her testimony about B.I came to light in June, when “A” reported to the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission about suspicions of YG Entertainment’s corrupt ties to the police.
“A” was arrested by the police for using marijuana on August 22, 2016. During the first two rounds of police questioning, “A” testified that she took marijuana with B.I and gave him LSD after he asked her to get it for him, and she submitted text messages exchanged between them as evidence. However, after the meeting with YG Entertainment, which allegedly took place on August 26, 2016, “A” went in for the third round of questioning and changed her original testimony to say that B.I never did drugs.
According to the police officer who was in charge of the case at the time, “A” argued that her original testimony was false because her judgement was impaired due to the effects of using marijuana. As a result, the police ended up forwarding only “A” to prosecution.
After people began to question whether the police had conducted a proper investigation into the case back in 2016, the Gyeonggi Southern Provincial Police Agency launched a special task force to reinvestigate the incident. B.I was summoned for questioning under the status of someone with information about the case, after which the police booked him on suspicions of violating the Act on the Control of Narcotics, Etc.
Yang Hyun Suk And Seungri To Be Forwarded To Prosecution On Charges Of Habitual Gambling
The police will be forwarding former YG Entertainment CEO Yang Hyun Suk and Seungri to the prosecution on charges of habitual gambling.
According to the police on October 31, the Sophisticated Crime Investigation Division of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency, which has been investigating the case since August, will be forwarding both men to the prosecution on November 1 with recommendations for indictment on charges of habitual gambling.
In addition to Yang Hyun Suk and Seungri, a total of five individuals have been confirmed to be forwarded to the prosecution on the same charges. A police source stated that the three other individuals involved were Yang Hyun Suk’s acquaintances who were neither celebrities nor public figures.
Police have estimated that Yang Hyun Suk used hundreds of millions of won (approximately hundreds of thousands of dollars) for gambling, and Seungri was reported to have used over 1 billion won (approximately $861,260). Seungri was found to have gambled only at a Las Vegas-based hotel, while Yang Hyun Suk gambled at several hotels. Although both individuals admitted to habitually gambling, they did not gamble together.
According to police, Yang Hyun Suk and Seungri visited Las Vegas to gamble when they traveled abroad one or two times a year. For five years, they reportedly made less than 10 gambling trips to Las Vegas. However, the police revealed that they did not look into their habitual gambling from before 2014 as the statute of limitations is five years.
Although Yang Hyun Suk and Seungri were also suspected of using “hwanchigi,” which refers to illegal practices surrounding foreign exchange transaction, to fund their gambling, they were forwarded to the prosecution with recommendations for non-indictment regarding the charges of violating the Foreign Exchange Transactions Act.
“We checked financial accounts, currency exchange details, and corporate accounting data during the five-year statute of limitations, and we investigated all of the informants and partners,” a police official said. “We were unable to find any violations of the Foreign Exchange Transaction Act.”
The police also looked into the possibility of Yang Hyun Suk using company funds for gambling through an investigation into the company’s accounting records and financial officer, but they found no circumstantial evidence of embezzlement.
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